Storytelling and the Spiritual Lives of Children

Vancouver School of Theology presents
14th Bi-Annual Ecumenical Event

January 31st, 2015 9 AM – 4:30 PM

Special Guests: Storyteller, Kung Jaadee (Haida) and Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg (Lakota)


Registration is now open. Click here or scroll to the bottom of the page to register.

Join Haida storyteller, Kung Jaadee, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg (Lakota) as they explore with us the power of storytelling and its unique place in the spiritual lives of our children. A morning storytelling performance and keynote address, and a wide variety of afternoon workshops will stimulate, engage and delight participants.

9:00 – Check-in, coffee and refreshments
9:20 – Opening and Welcome
9:40 – 11:30Storytelling and the Spiritual Lives of Children
A morning with storyteller, Kung Jaadee, and Anglican Priest and Educator, Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg
11:45 – 12:30 – Lunch (provided)
12:45 – 3:30 – Afternoon Workshops
3:45 – 4:15 – Closing Ceremony

Storytelling: Kung Jaadee
Haida stories tell of a time when the animals were people like us: the people of the air, the people of the water, the four-legged people. Experience the power of storytelling, and be taken on a journey with Raven, Salmon Woman and others.   “(Kung Jaddee’s) compelling delivery keeps her audience enraptured with these magical tales…a wonderful show, and perfect for two-leggeds of all ages.” (

Keynote AddressTranslating Wisdom – Martin Brokenleg
We are influenced in contemporary times by the culture around us.  It is a society not skillful in spiritual language nor learning.  How might we use language and activities to teach and educate children so their spirits are fostered and cultivated. If we become skilled in spiritual dynamics we can learn wisdom from any culture and people.

Workshops: 12:45 – 3:30 (click for a comprehensive list with descriptions, you will be able to choose one during online registration)

Cancellation Policy:  If VST cancels the event, you will receive a full refund of all fees paid.  If withdrawal notification is received by the Registrar 7 days prior to the event, refund will be given ($25 administrative  fee non-refundable).  Less then 7 days prior to the beginning of the event, no refund will be given.

Parking Information:  Where at all possible, please use public transit.  There is presently no parking at VST.  Nearby parking at UBC’s Rose Parkade and North Parkade is available for $7/day.

Kung Jaadee (Roberta Kennedy) is a Haida singer, storyteller, and drummer. She has performed for hundreds of audiences across Canada and parts of the United States for nearly twenty years at festivals, schools, museums, aboriginal celebrations, and conferences. She is originally from Haida Gwaii and has most recently lived in Yellowknife, NWT and Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she served as Storyteller-in-Residence at the University of Manitoba Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture. Kung Jaadee is also a primary school teacher.
Brokenleg-146x214Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg, Lakota, is retired Director for the VST Native Ministries Program, and Vice-President & Co-Founder of Reclaiming Youth International. He is the Superior of the Anglican Benedictine Community of Saint Michael (, holds a doctorate in psychology, and has been an Anglican priest for 37 years.





Cost: $75 until Jan 5th / $85 thereafter.
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